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      Call of Duty: Vanguard requires less hard drive space on new consoles and PC
      by Asher Madan

      Call of Duty: Vanguard is an upcoming first-person shooter from Sledgehammer Games, one of Activision's internal studios. The game launches on November 5, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Over the years, the size of Call of Duty titles has become quite significant, and on last-generation consoles like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, downloads were frequently over 100 GB.

      Last-generation consoles used traditional hard drives, so external storage options were readily available and affordable. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S require current-generation games to be installed on their internal solid-state drives and pricey Storage Expansion Cards, or they won't run. You have to be careful about what you install — and how big a game is — in order to make sure you have enough space for future purchases.

      Today, Activision released some good news for players who were possibly dreading the 100 GB download for Call of Duty: Vanguard. On PC and current-generation consoles, new on-demand texture streaming technology will reduce the storage size by up to 30 to 50%. This means that the game may just require around 50 to 70 GB on your PC, PS5, or Xbox Series X|S.

      Activision hasn't revealed the final download size of Call of Duty: Vanguard, but it shouldn't be as large as the past few years. However, to take advantage of this, you'll need to be on PC, PS5, or Xbox Series X|S.

      The current-generation version of Call of Duty: Vanguard is available to pre-order for $69.99. You can purchase the game through the Microsoft Store or the platform of your choice. When pre-ordering, there are a number of editions to choose from that give you access to post-launch content and other perks.

    • By Asher Madan
      Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher 3 PS5 and Xbox Series X|S upgrades pushed to 2022
      by Asher Madan

      Back in 2020, developer CD Projekt RED said Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would receive free PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X|S upgrades. While the tentative timeline was in 2021, the patches have been pushed back to 2022.

      Today, the developer's parent company issued the following press release. Cyberpunk 2077 — the first-person open-world adventure game — should receive upgrades in the first quarter of 2022. Gamers will have to wait a little longer for The Witcher 3 — the third-person open-world RPG experience — because that's expected in the second quarter of 2022.

      If you currently have an Xbox Series X|S, you can still play the games by installing them on an external drive, ideally an external solid-state drive to minimize loading. When the patch rolls out next year, you'll have to transfer those files to your internal storage of expansion card.

      Will you replay Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 when these upgrades are available? Let us know in the comments below.

    • By LoneWolfSL
      Sony announces God of War for PC, releases on January 14
      by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe

      Following Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone, Sony's next first-party game to shed PlayStation exclusivity has been confirmed to be God of War, the Santa Monica Studio-developed title from 2018. Announced on the PlayStation Blog today, the critically acclaimed game is breaching the new platform on January 14, 2022. Pre-orders are already available for $49.99.

      While the full slate of improvements the God of War PC port will feature was not detailed today, higher resolution shadows, as well as improvements to screen space reflections and ambient occlusion (GTAO and SSDO), were confirmed. It will also remove frame rate caps, support 4K resolution and ultra-widescreen monitors.

      "From the heart-pumping clashes in combat to the quiet moments where you can take in the otherworldly beauty of the Norse wilds across the Nine Realms, our panoramic widescreen support will make every moment feel more like a truly theatrical experience," added the developer.

      Fully customizable graphics settings, keyboard shortcuts, and controller support, including the DualSense controller, are also being added. To push the frame rates higher, Nvidia DLSS is being integrated alongside the company's Reflex low latency tech.

      To sweeten the deal even further, the following in-game bonuses will be included with every PC copy:

      The studio also revealed God of War has so far sold 19.5 million copies on PlayStation consoles alone. A sequel, Ragnarok, is coming to PlayStation 4 and 5 in 2022.

      "All of us at Santa Monica Studio have been humbled by the immense amount of support and passions fans of the God of War series have shown in the latest chapter of Kratos’ story since its release," the company said. "Our primary goal when bringing God of War to PC was to highlight the exceptional content the team created and leverage the powerful hardware that the platform offers to create a uniquely breathtaking and high-performance version of the game."

      This is the second confirmed PC port of a Sony exclusive coming next year. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, containing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, are landing sometime in early 2022 on PC and PlayStation 5.

    • By Asher Madan
      Elden Ring delayed until February 2022, network test announced
      by Asher Madan

      Recently, gameplay footage from Elden Ring leaked on YouTube. The title is a third-person open-world action game from the acclaimed team at FromSoftware. Elden Ring takes a lot of cues from the Dark Souls series, but gives you more freedom of movement and exploration options.

      There was some debate about whether the leaked Elden Ring footage was real, but there's no doubt about that now because it appears to be from the closed network test. Today, publisher Bandai Namco revealed that PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S players would get to jump into the world in November 2021. You can take a look at the exact times below.

      Just head over to the game's website to register. Codes will be sent out shortly before the test goes live, and you have until November 1 to sign up. Unfortunately, there's some bad news too.

      Instead of launching in January, Elden Ring has been pushed back to February 25, 2022. FromSoftware wants to polish the game further before launch. The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the development cycle of many games, so it's understandable that the team wants more time to make sure Elden Ring is a great experience for everyone.

    • By Asher Madan
      Elden Ring gameplay may have just leaked on YouTube
      by Asher Madan

      Elden Ring is an upcoming third-person fantasy role-playing game from FromSoftware. The developer is known for its Dark Souls series, and with this game, the team wants to push the boundaries of the genre it helped shape. From what we know, Elden Ring is set in an open-world environment where you go from city to village — and even some dank caves — to get to the bottom of mysterious events happening through the land. You can also hop on a horse to make the journey between areas less taxing. Lastly, the combat is just as challenging as Dark Souls III.

      Today, someone on YouTube leaked a small clip of the game. While this could always be an elaborate hoax, we don't think so because the background shows the giant tree that is at the center of events happening throughout Elden Ring. The video has since been made Private, but many viewers managed to upload the clip to other services.

      Aside from the beautiful visuals, you'll immediately notice that Elden Ring gives players more freedom of movement. Jumping onto rocks is as easy as pressing a button this time around. You don't have to sprint and then depress a thumbstick to vault a small gap.

      Elden Ring is expected to launch on January 21, 2022. The game is a collaboration between Game of Thrones' George R. R. Martin and Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki. Given the powerhouses behind this project, it's not surprising as to why there's so much hype and excitement surrounding the game.